Pat Mayfield of Webster, formerly of Londonderry

Pat E. Mayfield, 77, formerly of Londonderry, NH passed away June 11, 2012 in Webster, TX. He was born on November 17, 1934 in Bloomburg, TX, a son of the late Clyde and Ethleen Mayfield. Pat served his country proudly after joining the U.S. Army in 1957 until his retirement as Chief Warrant Officer in 1981. Pat went on to work for the Raytheon Corporation, serving overseas as well as locally until retiring in 1996.

Pat leaves behind his daughters, Lisa, Melissa and Priscilla, sons Pat Jr. and Jeffrey, step-sons Norb and Dan Garrett, many grandchildren, sisters Elizabeth and Patsy, as well as nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife, Meredith Ann Mayfield, who died in 1996.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 25th at 11:00am in the Pleasant View Cemetery on Mammoth Road in Londonderry, N.H. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry are assisting the family with arrangements.

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Joseph Grabowski of Englewood, FL and Londonderry

Joseph E. Grabowski, 84, of Englewood, FL passed away on May 20, 2013 at Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota, FL. Mr. Grabowski was born in Boston, MA on December 2, 1928, a son of the late Joseph L. and Helen (Mulholland) Grabowski. He had been a resident of Englewood since 1997, formerly living in Londonderry, NH. Mr. Grabowski worked as a machinist for many years prior to his retirement in 1988. He was a wonderfully skilled billiard player and a devout Red Sox fan. A loving husband and father, he was a communicant of St. Raphael Church.

He is survived by his four daughters, Lynn Raymond of Englewood, Paula Gosselin of Manchester, NH, JoAnn Smolen of Gainesville, FL, Lisa Anderson of Englewood, two sons, Thomas J. Grabowski of Topsham, ME, and Joseph D. Grabowski of Sanford, FL, one sister, Helen Roderick of Methuen, MA, 15 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline, his two sons, Larry and Kenneth and by one grandson, Ricky.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday May 23, 2013 from 6 – 8 pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, NH. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00am in Holy Cross Church, 187 Hampstead Rd., Derry. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, W. Roxbury, MA.

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Ruth Wells of Sierra Madre, Meredith and Londonderry

Ruth Wells, 88, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2013 at The British Home in Sierra Madre, Calif. She was born June 9, 1924 in Londonderry, N.H., the youngest of three children of the late Prescott and Dorothy (Boyden) Torrey. She graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., and later married her high school sweetheart, Donald C. Wells, becoming a Navy wife. After WW II, they settled down in Londonderry, where she was a member of the local chapter of The Grange and the Londonderry Presbyterian Church. After raising her three children, she and Don moved to Meredith, N.H., on the grounds of the Waukewan Golf Club, where she became an avid golfer. For many years she divided her time between homes in Meredith and Crystal River, Fla. Her husband of 54 years died in 1997.

In later years, facing health challenges, she lived with her son and daughter-in-law in La Crescenta, Calif., later moving to The British Home in nearby Sierra Madre. There she enjoyed friends, outings and trips with family, the care of a loving staff and a busy schedule of excursions and activities. She was growing and challenging herself and enjoying life until the day she passed peacefully in her sleep.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Stone, of West Kennebunk, Maine; her son Donald P. Wells and daughter-in-law Susan, of La Crescenta; her son Barry Wells and daughter-in-law Chris, of Thornton, N.H.; her daughter, Bonnie Wells, of Northampton, Mass.; her granddaughter Jennifer Wells, her husband, Eric Finkelman, and great-grandson, Hudson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; her granddaughter Tracy Dorris, husband Carey and great-grandchildren Madison and Jack of Buford, Ga.

A calling hour will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 12 – 1pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will follow at 1:00pm in the funeral home. The burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery in E. Derry.

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Pearl McQuarrie of Londonderry

Pearl Ida McQuarrie, 78, of Londonderry, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Pearl was born September 26, 1934 in Houlton, ME and was a daughter of the late Albert and Olive (McCordic) Suitter. She was raised and educated in Houlton, moved to NH in 1962, and has been a resident of Londonderry since 1964.

Mrs. McQuarrie was a homemaker, who helped her husband in managing McQuarrie Trucking for many years. Pearl had a love for music that inspired and touched many lives. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at bluegrass field pickin’ parties. She will long be remembered as our “Sweet Mother Pearl”, her warm heart, kindness and gentle touch will live in our hearts for eternity.

Members of the family include her three children, Wanda McQuarrie of Londonderry, Mark McQuarrie of Londonderry, and Jackie Lee Fairhurst, and her husband John of Belmont. Three grandchildren, Mark Daniel McQuarrie and his wife Katie, Danielle Lee McQuarrie, Miranda Currier as well as Teddy, Wayne and Samantha, and one great granddaughter, Sophia Parker. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Daniel Wilson McQuarrie in 2012, a son Daniel Parker (Slugger) McQuarrie in 1990, and a daughter, Marchelle McQuarrie in 2009.

After cremation, private services are being planned by the family. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry are assisting the family.

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Shirley Gilcreast of Derry, Sandown and Londonderry

Shirley W. Gilcreast, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 12, 1927 in Nashua, NH a daughter of the late Neil and Fannie (Robie) Watts. Mrs. Gilcreast was a resident of Villa Crest Nursing Home for two years, formerly living in Derry, Sandown and many years in Londonderry. She was the organist at Londonderry Presbyterian Church for over 47 years. She enjoyed playing Cribbage and Yahtzee, as well as reading and quilting. Mrs. Gilcreast loved her family and spending time with them. She was a very kind, compassionate, and loving woman who always put others needs before her own.

She is survived by three sons, John Gilcreast and his wife, Doris, of Derry, Kevin Gilcreast and his wife, Linda, of Derry, and David Gilcreast and his wife, Stacey, of Sandown, two daughters, Judy Hatch and her husband, David, of Derry and Lynn Bedard and her husband, Gerard, of Methuen, MA, ten grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one sister, Phyllis Holton of Hudson, NH.

A calling hour will be held on Friday May 10th from 2:00 – 3:00pm at the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, 126 Pillsbury Rd., Londonderry with funeral services to begin at 3:00pm in the Church. The burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Villa Crest Nursing Home, 1276 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry is handling the arrangements. The family of Mrs. Gilcreast would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Villa Crest Nursing Home for the loving care that was given to her during her time with them.

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Richard Higgins of Londonderry

Richard Grant Higgins, 71, of Londonderry, NH, died Saturday May 4, 2013 at his home in Londonderry. He was born in Medford, MA on October 28, 1941, a son of John E. and Catherine (Grant) Higgins. A resident of Londonderry since 1982, he formerly lived in Boston, MA. He was raised in Melrose, MA, and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA. Mr. Higgins was a Vietnam Combat Veteran and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point in 1963. He was an Airborne Ranger and an artillery officer, and he served with units in Hawaii and Germany. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star. After his military service, Mr. Higgins earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. He had been self employed as a Labor Arbitrator and Mediator for more than 30 years and was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He served on the Londonderry Zoning Board of Adjustment for 13 years.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debra L. (Ouellette) Higgins of Londonderry; two daughters, Joanne Marie Higgins of Amesbury, MA, and Sharon E. O’Neill and her husband Michael of Hollis, NH; two sons, Richard G. Higgins, Jr. and his wife Allison of Brentwood, NH, and Paul M. Higgins and his wife Sarah Gill of Boston; five grandchildren, Deana, Juan, Anna, Sean, and Ryan; two brothers, John E. Higgins, Jr. of Chevy Chase, MD, and Bob Higgins of Cambridge, MA; one sister, Mary Catherine Harbin of Hedgesville, WV; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 10th from 4 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00am in St. Jude Parish, 435 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. Committal services with military honors will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation in Dick’s honor to a scholarship at Malden Catholic. Checks should be made to the Malden Catholic Scholarship Fund and sent to the school at 99 Crystal Street, Malden, MA 02148.

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